Armed police sweep village in ongoing hunt for asylum seekers

Sat, 10 January 2015 Chhay Channyda and Daniel Pye At least five ethnic Jarai Montagnards are thought to be hiding in a forest in Ratanakkiri after fleeing Vietnam Armed police in Ratanakkiri province were deployed on Thursday night to sweep the area around a village where they believed several Montagnards who had fled Vietnam were…

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New Montagnards cross

Mon, 5 January 2015 Phak Seangly More Montagnard asylum seekers arrived in Ratanakkiri province last week, two of whom were immediately deported, just days after 13 others were given safe passage to claim asylum from religious persecution, villagers and activists said yesterday. Chhay Thy, provincial coordinator for local rights group Adhoc, said seven ethnic Jarai…

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Police Search for Five More Montagnards In Ratanakkiri

The Cambodia Daily By Aun Pheap | January 5, 2015 Two weeks after a group of 13 Montagnard asylum seekers arrived in Phnom Penh to apply for refugee status, police said Sunday that they were searching for another five members of the Vietnamese indigenous group who crossed into Ratanakkiri province on Saturday. O’yadaw district police…

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‘Montagnards’ leave hideout to apply for asylum

December 22, 2014 Phnom Penh: Thirteen hill tribespeople known as “Montagnards” have left their jungle hideout in Cambodia and will apply for asylum after crossing from Vietnam to flee persecution, it was announced on Sunday. The minority group had for more than seven weeks sought refuge in the jungle in Cambodia’s northeastern province of Rattanakiri,…

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Vietnam Launches Legal Challenge Against China’s South China Sea Claims

The Diplomat Vietnam lodges a submission at The Hague and rejects Chinese position paper on the South China Sea. By Prashanth Parameswaran December 12, 2014 Vietnam and China moved their saber-rattling over the South China Sea into the legal arena this week as Hanoi lodged a submission with an arbitral tribunal at The Hague and…

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Vietnam: Stop Using Absurd Laws to Imprison Critics

Top Bloggers Arrested and Charged for ‘Abusing Freedom and Democracy’ December 10, 2014 (New York) – Vietnam should drop all charges and immediately release bloggers Nguyen Quang Lap and Hong Le Tho, who were arrested for operating independent blogs, Human Rights Watch said today. Nguyen Quang Lap was arrested on December 6, 2014, and Hong…

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Vietnam Again Puts Cambodia on the Spot Over Montagnards

Criticism of Cambodia’s handling of asylum seekers also puts a recent Australian deal back in the spotlight. December 04, 2014 By Luke Hunt There are no shortage of government critics in Cambodia. But what has made it perhaps the best place to live on mainland Southeast Asia, particularly for foreigners, has been largely driven by…

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UN Calls on Gov’t to Protect Group of Montagnards in Country

By Aun Pheap and George Wright | November 26, 2014 The U.N.’s refugee agency on Tuesday confirmed that 13 Montagnards have crossed into the country from Vietnam and urged the Cambodian government to refrain from deporting members of the group at the risk of endangering their lives. “UNHCR is aware of 13 Montagnards from Viet…

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Media Roundtable in Hanoi, Viet Nam with Assistant Secretary Malinowski

Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, Tom Malinowski U.S. Mission Hanoi – Hanoi, Vietnam 2014-10-27 Moderator: — But we’re very fortunate in our visitor today because of the wide-ranging nature of the topics, which are of such interest these days, we’re pleased to have Tom Malinowski who is the Assistant Secretary…

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Life of Vietnamese Activist in Danger Due to Gross Mistreatment in Prison

PRESS RELEASE October 27, 2014 The Vietnamese government should immediately cease the ill-treatment, physical and psychological abuse of Dang Xuan Dieu while in arbitrary detention. News reports of Dang Xuan Dieu being forced to sleep and eat next to his excrement; denied access to adequate food, clean drinking water and regular showers; and subjected to…

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